Pack-like learn­ing

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - by Jen­nifer Young

IThe medi­ocre teacher tells. The good teacher ex­plains. The su­pe­rior teacher demon­strates. The

great teacher in­spires - Wil­liam Arthur Ward

try and learn some­thing new each day. My dad al­ways said, “The day you stop learn­ing is the day you die,” and I’ve lived by that for most of my 35 years.

I’ve been learn­ing a lot lately. For in­stance, I learned on Sun­day that if you don’t get the thick snow off the top of your mini van, even though you can’t reach it by jump­ing and look­ing fool­ish to all passers-by, it will most def­i­nitely slide down the front of the ve­hi­cle while driv­ing down Col­lege Street, block­ing your vi­sion per­ma­nently. Les­son learned, use a broom next time.

I’ve re­cently learned that an­i­mals can get a tape­worm from fleas, eat­ing raw meat or eat­ing the ex­cre­ment from an an­i­mal that has a tape­worm. The main body of the worm stays at­tached to the lin­ing of the an­i­mal’s di­ges­tive tract. Yuck, but I was happy to learn that we hu­mans can’t get a tape worm from an an­i­mal un­less we in­gest one of the seg­ments that finds its way out of the an­i­mal. Since I don’t ever ex­pect to be eat­ing any­thing wormish or any­thing where a worm seg­ment is, hav­ing this knowl­edge makes me less squea­mish in a tape­worm con­ver­sa­tion. Mind you, if your an­i­mal has fleas and you hap­pen to chow down on one of those fleas in­fected with tape­worm, well, you’re not so safe. Knowl­edge is power. Hav­ing that knowl­edge re­moved a fear I had.

There’s learn­ing go­ing on all around me. Bella’s pup­pies are now go­ing on 6 weeks old. Bella was one of the orig­i­nal five dogs I helped res­cue from death up North in Que­bec. She had the pup­pies on New Year’s Day. To date, all but one of her pup­pies has found a new home, and they will be ready to go to next week. Their puppy an­tics pro­vide hours of en­ter­tain­ment. As they play un­til one yelps, as they are scolded by their mother for try­ing to drink milk, as they pounce on one of my big dogs, they are learn­ing. A puppy will drink from its mother un­til about 5 weeks, af­ter that, it’s all so­cial skills they are learn­ing. Valu­able skills that will help de­fine that dog. As the pup­pies learn and play in the liv­ing room, I look out my back win­dow and see my boys do­ing the same rit­u­als out­side in the snow. One pounces on the other and the other yells, “ouch”. It starts out as a fun snow hill-shov­ing match un­til some­one gets hurt. Push­ing those lim­its is how they learn. They learn their strength, they learn their bound­aries and they also are teach­ing and learn­ing re­spect.

Learn­ing should be fun. I can en­lighten you on a few events, but you will have to ex­pe­ri­ence them to learn from them what you will.

-You’re never too old or young to learn. Ev­ery sec­ond Mon­day (the next will be held on Fe­bru­ary 21st), se­niors are meet­ing to learn the two-step or prac­tice the fox trot as their peers play the mu­sic nec­es­sary for the steps. “I just en­joy do­ing it,” says the dance’s or­ga­nizer of 14 years Al­berta Everett. “Peo­ple can come and dance or they can come and just lis­ten to the mu­sic.” There’s noth­ing re­quired to at­tend the 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. gath­er­ings at the Jen’s Len is pub­lished by the Stanstead Jour­nal and edited by Jen­nifer Young. Email Jen at jen@stanstead-jour­ or call the Stanstead Jour­nal at 819.876.7514

Amedee Beau­doin Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. “Just show up,” says Everett. Vis­i­tors are asked to give a do­na­tion at the door. The do­na­tions have ha­bit­u­ally been handed to the Len­noxville El­e­men­tary School Mu­sic Depart­ment. “Last year, $300 was do­nated to the school,” Everett says. “Maybe one day, the stu­dents in the class will come and play mu­sic dur­ing our dances.” For more in­for­ma­tion, call Everett at 819-823-2059.

-Like dogs, we as hu­mans tend to learn in a pack-like set­ting as well and this Satur­day will give you am­ple learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences at the an­nual Win­ter Fun Day at the Old Len­noxville Golf Course. As tra­di­tion will have it, CJMQ will be on hand pro­vid­ing live mu­sic, the kids will have nu­mer­ous out­door and in­door games and ac­tiv­i­ties and moms and dads can jump on a sled and slide as a fam­ily. The event starts at 10 a.m. and fam­i­lies can min­gle and have fun un­til 3 p.m. New this year, pub­lic trans­port to the event has been or­ga­nized. A bus to the Golf Course will leave Provigo ev­ery hour start­ing at 12:05 p.m. A bus will leave from the Saint Fran­cis Manor ev­ery hour start­ing at 12:15 p.m., and start­ing at 12:25 p.m. trans­port will run ev­ery hour from the De­pan­neur on Ox­ford. If you are down­town and would like to take ad­van­tage of the trans­port ser­vice, be at SWM Pein­ture at 12:35 p.m. ev­ery hour un­til 3:35 p.m.

Have fun!

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